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3 Important Career Lessons That School Didn't Teach Us

If you had the chance to talk to your younger, naive self about how their life and career was going to be in the future, what would you tell him/her? Will you tell them how difficult or easy it'll be? Will you tell them that at some point they're going to cry in the office comfort room because your boss on your first job just screamed at you on your first month at work? Will you tell them about that time when your colleagues were the best people in the world to cheer you up? Or perhaps that time when you felt**[like a boss](http://advice.kalibrr.com/advice/2015/11/14-moments-that-make-you-feel-like-a-boss/)** for successfully finishing a difficult task you thought you'd never get done? Experiencing the ups and downs of career life, or just life in general is normal. Even if you're career is going absolutely great right now, there will be days that you'll find your thoughts constantly wandering off to somewhere you feel is better. Somewhere or something that won't make you feel stuck, trapped, or worse, lost. I get it, you're afraid that this is all there is to it. But let me tell you something, something you can perhaps tell your younger and present self: It will get better. How? Here's some hard-earn wisdom from professional career coach **[Christie Mims](http://www.themuse.com/author/christie-mims)**. 1. Wanting a different career is totally OK {.is-fnt-26} ------------------------------------------- [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="629"]![career lessons](http://media.giphy.com/media/n2wCWtQNSRCGA/giphy.gif) Source: [Giphy.com](http://giphy.com/gifs/now-sector-base4-n2wCWtQNSRCGA)[/caption] That doesn't mean you're not grateful, and immature or foolish to want something else. It means you're being honest to everyone, and to yourself. We've had those days when we feel uninspired and unfulfilled with our jobs. Don't take it hard on yourself if you feel miserable working there, even if a lot of people would kill to be in your position. The worst thing a person can think of is to feel guilty of wanting to be happy somewhere else. True career happiness comes from really enjoying and loving the job you have now. This kind of bliss doesn't come from money, nor the title they gave you, it comes from feeling fulfilled and being valued, and generally just being contented with what you have. Therefore, if you don't feel this way anymore towards your current employer, then go out there and find the job that would make Monday mornings something to look forward to, to create an impact, and not just be an individual with an empty suit. The world needs more of what you have to offer, no matter the size. And isn't that better that showing up at work everyday uninspired?
2. Loving your job make other stuff matter less {.is-fnt-26} ----------------------------------------------- [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="651"]![career lessons](http://media.giphy.com/media/KVXrT3p4BfpPG/giphy.gif) Source: [Giphy.com](http://giphy.com/gifs/reaction-work-motivation-KVXrT3p4BfpPG)[/caption] Have you ever thought about not being able to live without the stuff you "need"? By that I meant, not being able to buy that new bag, or that white sneakers, or perhaps that plane ticket to paradise. When you have a job, you have the option to buy those things and more whenever you want. You're in your comfort zone, and ignoring the great opportunities coming along your way because, hey, you can't even contemplate on doing something else. Let me tell you something, true **[happiness is not based on materialistic things](http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/7-reasons-why-materialistic-stuff-doesnt-lead-happiness.html)**, rather, they are based on non-materialistic gratification. You may not realize that all the stuff that you needed are just *distractions from the job that you didn’t want to do anymore*. When you focus on moving towards something else, something with more substance like starting a small business that you'll really love, or even just finding value and purpose in your job now, you'll soon notice that you won't be as interested in having fancy vacations anymore because the drive to succeed overpowers the will to buy materialistic things. Pro tip: Don’t let materialistic things keep you stuck. You won’t be happy. 3. Fear means you’re onto something great ----------------------------------------- [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]![career lessons](http://quotesjunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/replace-fear-of-the-unknown-with-curiosity-14.jpg) Photo from [quotesjunk.com](http://quotesjunk.com)[/caption] Fear. It immobilizes you from everything you ever hope to achieve, and everything you want in life is on the other side. If you're hesitant, you may risk of opportunity to get what you want. It can feel overwhelming, and defeats more people than any other force in the world. But the good news is, it’s not as powerful as it seems. Try to look at fear from a different perspective. Try to think that if you are afraid of doing something, then it might mean that it is actually worth it, and that’s why you are scared. What's great about being scared is that it actually makes you feel alive. There are only two ways you'll probably go from here: either let it eat you up, or you do something to fight it. You are in control. Planning to change career but afraid how it's going to turn out? Well, honestly, you'll never know the outcome unless you try it.
Fear of failure can make you work harder to eventually achieve your goals. And at the end of the day, you'll realize that fear was there to push you to your limits, to help you become better individuals, as well as keeping you grounded and motivated. Don't be afraid of being afraid, it is often where career changes happen. So instead of saying "What if," train your mind to saying "Why not?" ### ***[Subscribe](http://confirmsubscription.com/h/i/77238488FF110D6D)** to our weekly newsletter and get Kalibrr Career Advice straight from your inbox! You can also follow us on [Facebook](http://www.facebook.com/Kalibrr), [Twitter](http://twitter.com/kalibrr), and [Instagram](http://instagram.com/kalibrr), or join [Kalibrr’s Viber public chat](http://chats.viber.com/careeradvice) for more advice to help you grow in your career.*